3654 Concord Pike
Guest critic Ciro Poppiti was a fan of Mitchell’s Trains, Toys & Hobbies, which, sadly, closed last year. “Fortunately, Joe and Emily Mitchell have opened up Yo Yo Joe’s Toys & Fun,” says Poppiti. “It’s quickly become a family favorite.” Joe’s unique offerings appeal to him, like the ballerina hand puppet he bought for his daughter. Yo Yo Joe’s sells many of the toy lines that Mitchell’s carried, plus new toys that are hard to find in Wilmington, including an exclusive Jon Rob signature yo-yo called The Pure. (Jonathan Robinson, aka Jon Rob, is from Wilmington.) Another popular Delaware-made game is “You’ve Been Sentenced,” by McNeil Designs. The store is stocked with puzzles, art supplies, stuffed animals, balls and lots of educational toys. Poppiti’s son, like most young buccaneers, loves the pirate ship that commandeers the store. Joe’s brother, Nate Piper, who helped build the present-day Kalmar Nyckel, built the pirate ship in New England.